If you're having an emergency call 9-1-1

Know the signs. Know your body.

If you’re having an emergency call 9-1-1.

Please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 and get help immediately if you have any of these heart attack warning signs.

• Discomfort in the chest. If you feel an unusual pressure, tightness, fullness or pain that lasts more than a few minutes; or, if the same pain comes and goes, you may be having a cardiac episode.

• Shortness of breath. You may have shortness of breath with or without the chest pain.

• Discomfort in upper body areas: arms, and not just the left arm, back, neck, stomach and

jaw pain may also be a sign.

• Cold sweat, nausea, dizziness. Signs that are not common on a regular basis may also indicate reason to believe it is your heart.

While men and women experience the same symptoms above, women many times have no chest pain. Back pain, jaw pain, flu-like symptoms (nausea/vomiting) and shortness of breath are reasons for concern.

Heart disease is the leading killer for women in the United States. Please don’t mistake issues with digestion, GERD/acid reflux and dental/jaw pain as normal in the aging process.

Make and attend your scheduled appointments. Manage your risk factors. Modify the recipes for you and your family. And, please call 9-1-1 if you show any of the above signs.

Stay on track to a healthier you.

Contact the reporter 

tmcquerrey@payson.com

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